2011 Simple Dinner Series 4 :: Mr. K’s Birthday (20110402)

2011 Simple Dinner Series continue, today we”re having our 4th simple dinner for Mr. K, the noble man’s birthday at Kam Boat, Shaw Centre, Orchard. It was 2yrs ago that we having our Burgundy dinner in here, time flies…….

Generally the food here is quite average and perhaps we had too many pork dishes tonight, Char Siew, Roasted crispy pork (awesome), suckling pig done in two ways, pork ribs….. just overwhelmingly porky that I have lost my appetite for the last few dishes, along with lamb, chicken…. I believe we ordered for the Glutinous Rice in Chicken too, which was another memorable dish alongside with the Roasted Crispy Pork.

p/s: Kam Boat is another Chinese Restaurant that allow for BYO with no corkage charge, though the stemware provided here is pretty anonymous, recommended to BYO your own stemware if you’re in such particular.

Theme: Wines that are ready to drink. Indeed, we have some pretty mature wines that are ready to drink, some old but aged painfully slow that are approachable but clearly will benefit with more bottle aged.

To me, interestingly that the 2009 Egon Muller Kabinett Alte Reben stood out from the strong line up of aged Bordeaux, duo Grand Cru Burgundy and reputable Aussie Shiraz and so on…..

Tasting Notes:

Flight 1 :: The Chard & Riesling

2008 Kumeu River Chardonnay Village – New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, Kumeu

-> A high QPR (quality – price – ratio) wine. A good candidate for daily drinking.

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Fesh, soft aromas of honey oak, crisp mineral with touch of ash and herb. Flavors of citrus, lime with crisp acidity and fresh mineral that carry through the rich white fruits and oak coated palate with lots of spices all wrapped in a well balance, soft persistent sweet finish with just very light touch of heat appear that distract a bit but at this price point, very good indeed!

2009 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben Auction #16 – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer

-> As good as Egon Muller Kabinett could be, this is just out of the world. Such intensity, complexity and depth for a Kabinett, have to taste to believe. My wine of the night. 

  • Alcohol :: 8.5%
    AP-Nr.3 567 124-16-10. Straw yellow. Fresh, complex aromas of sweet mineral, ripe lemon, citrus, red apple and touch of gun powder that could be the sulfite and the sweetness seems touching the spatlese level. Very good level of acidity that suggest this is a kab level wit good transparency of the flavor at the mid palate, very rich and concentrated with good depth, elegance and the soft mineral finish just goes on and on with touch of spice nuanced. Very good but too young to drink now.
  • The nose has became even more expressive after opened for 60-90mins. Superb fresh, broad-shoulder and elegance aromatic nose with it’s lovely perfume red floral tones, mangoes, grapefruits, red apple with chalky mineral at the background that added freshness and complexity. While the nose is touching ground of Spatlese, the palate is clearly a top notch Kabinett, good delineation, complexity, depth and class. Even better concentration and richness than the normal Kab with layer and layer of grapefruits, perfume floral, mangoes with a light dose of fresh honey that well support by the mouth watering acidity and which also provide transparency, freshness. The tension and precision here is just simply stunning. Still tight and young yet harmonious and the impeccable balance make this a charmer and take no effort to age another 20yrs. Long elegance finish that linger with mangoes and spice aftertaste with great persistency. A fabulous wine, I’m a happy man. Buy – Yes.

Flight 2 :: Hermitage with Bordeaux

1977 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

  • Oh my, for a normal vintage and at 33yrs of age, this wine still very much alive and the freshness is impressive. The nose has fully mature with sweet fig core surrounded by earthiness, autumn leaves and mineral. Very fresh, retain rather sweet palate with dark plum, dried fig as well as touch of earthy gaminess complexity. Low level of tannin kick in here which provide good mid palate grip that flow onto the very silky, quite powerful but elegance finish. Not top class, but a complete, mature wine that still at it’s peak.

1982 Château Talbot – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

  • Mature claret nose with cedar, creme de cassis, blackberry with earth and touch of pencil shaving and coffee note. This medium bodied wine still possess very good level of concentration and rich on the palate with good purity and freshness, though not necessary the very top but this is indeed very good. Little touch of tannin that nearly fully integration, velvety mouth feel leads to long, juicy, complex finish. Very good!

Flight 3 :: Duo Grand Cru Burgundy

2000 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Romanée St. Vivant – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Perfume floral nose along with blackberry, red cherry with fresh acidity tones and earthiness swirling at the background. High acid spine with blackberry, red berry sweetness as well as firm tannin that well balance with good power finish with touch heat. The mid palate here lack of concentration ->lean but the tannin that present added power to the finish. However. maybe due to vintage, this dun have enough fruits to counterbalance to the powerful finish hence the alcohol present. The 1998 that I had two yrs ago, at the same restaurant, which is, incredible.

1993 Daniel Moine-Hudelot Clos Vougeot – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Cooked aromas of stew cherry fruits, almost sherry like that suggested this could having heat damage / storage problem before along with dried tea leaves and touch of rustiness. High acid, with blackberry, high mineral tones with dried tannin and oak that’s has yet fully integrated, with long acidic finish. The fruits have faded, a pity.

Flight 4 :: 90s Bordeaux

1990 Château Cos d’Estournel – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    2nd bottle. Again, this is a let down, perhaps my expectation is high for a Cos’D, in a great vintage. Still a little bit tight, but the complexity is there, sweet tobacco, cigar box, creme de cassis, earth with hint of alcoholic core. Medium body, with some tannin flooding around along with high acidity, while this has very good depth and weight, it’s seems lack of fruits to support that leads to rather woody, dried long finish. Tried again at the end of dinner (60mins later In decanter), magic in the glass! The palate has emerged into better complexity, and is gaining weight with fuller bodied, better fruits sweetness and class, just the transition from mid palate to the finish is not truly connected, hence the slightly disjointed and the finished lack a bit of power and tension. Need further age! Buy – Re-taste is needed.

1994 Château Clinet – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    I thought this was a left bank! More training is needed. The nose is clearly developed, though not fully, but almost there. Barnyard, stew cherry, leather and earth with tobacco leaf and meatiness, quite beautiful, really. Dark chocolate, sweet plum and dried tea leaves, lively but the barnyard tones and gaminess overtake the fruits with some firm tannin kick in after that which give a good grip but also a bit edge which suggest this wine should be drink now rather then keeping longer. Good depth and complex finish, a bit dried. A good wine that is drinking beautifully but this lack of refinement (the rough edge) to be really great.

Flight 5 :: The stonewell

1992 Peter Lehmann Shiraz Stonewell – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Smoky, spicy vanillin oak, rose petal with sweet dark plum and blueberry, deep and complex. Full bodied, elegance palate profile with concentrated dark fruits, eucalyptus oil, incense and rose syrup all framed by the vanilla oak, firm tannin, solid structure with long, super intense, powerful finish with indian spices aftertaste. Day-3, Structured start to loose. up and a little bit flabby but still, drinkable.

1994 Peter Lehmann Shiraz Stonewell – Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Turbo-charged of 1992 Version. Even broader, deeper elegance nose with spiciness, fab, Indian spices and sweet blueberry core. Fullish bodied with opulent, voluptuous palate and texture. Very silky, highly concentrated of pure dark fruits and tannin with better class and integration, elegance texture with smooth, focus long finish with blueberry sweetness. Still pretty young and need lots of aged. day-4, the wine is mellow down and show good harmony, though not really seamless.
Supper ::
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